Sunday, June 21, 2015

Mistresses (Savi's gone, April's got a new beau)

Mistresses returned to ABC on Thursday night.

"Of course she's coming back."

"What if she doesn't?"

That was an exchange about Savi.

Stan and I cover the show.  I cover Savi and April.  He covers Joss and Karen.

Mistresses is one of ABC's summer shows.  Season two ended with Joss about to get married to Scott but instead going down to the beach with Harry where the two made out.  The problem with that would be Savi saw them.

Savi is Joss' sister and Harry is Savi's former husband.

Savi is not on the show anymore.

Alyssa Milano announced she was leaving the show when it was decided season three would not shoot in Los Angeles but instead in Canada.

So Savi was not seen.

And slowly, Joss realized what had happend.

And by the end of the episode, she found out Savi had not only quit her job (learned mid-episode) but had also given her car away to Zach who drove her to the airport.

Where did Savi go?

No one's telling Joss.

Jennifer Esposito has joined the show as Calista Raines.

She is an actress.

By that, I mean she can act.

She is not someone who embarrasses herself.

But that said, she may be too much of an actress for this series.

Thus far, in her limited bits (mainly with Joss), she is not gelling.

This may change quickly.

But right now, it is as though Dynasty cast Vanessa Redgrave as Alexis and not Joan Collins.

Ms. Esposito is a strong actress.

But Mistresses is really not about strong acting, it is about over the top storylines.

Calista believes her husband is cheating on her and is staking him out.

That is not over the top enough for this show.

Some better written moments could greatly help her but right now Ms. Esposito just appears to be slumming.

Over the top is the clear move they are trying to do with April who is yet again getting a bad boy -- emphasis on boy.

I am not referring to the son of April's 'dead' husband.

I am referring to Mark.

He is the son's uncle.

White man who comes off like the lead in the failed sitcom "About A Boy."

April is African-American.

April's dead husband -- who is not dead -- was/is African-American.

She fell in love with a man who was White and who cared about her and could tolerate the not-dead husband but he just vanished at the end of season one.

Season two found her with an African-American dream boat who seemed perfect.

Turned out that he was not all he seemed.

He was actually F.B.I. and using her to locate her (not) dead husband.

He is no longer on the show apparently.

April's men all vanish at the end of the season.

Mark is her new man.

He is the brother of the other woman that April's not dead husband married.

"Welcome to parenting, jump on in.  The water's warm."

That is what April tells him at one point.

And he responds by pointing out that her own daughter will not look at her.  (True.  Karen told April to get honest with her daughter and she told her daughter everything.  Her daughter told her she does not forgive her for lying about her father being dead.)

But here is a bigger point.

Mark is not the boy's father.

He is his uncle.

And though he is not a perfect father, he is a pretty good uncle.

April is coming off very judgmental and considering season one was about her heart being ripped out when she discovered her dead husband was not (a) dead and that (b) he was married to another woman and (c) had a son, it should be obvious to April that Mark is not the boy's father.

It took her some time to catch up but she did apologize for her remarks.

 So I guess we have the season three boyfriend for April.

Enjoy him while you can.  If pattern holds, he will be gone by the end of this season.

This is C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"

Saturday, June 20, 2015.  Chaos and violence continue, the refugee crisis continues, Susan Rice declares the Iraq War an "accomplishment" and much more.

Hillary Clinton is running for president for the year book photo.

Possessing only a blood lust for war, she has no plans to help people.

She also has no real record of success.

She can be elected to office, for example, but she accomplishes nothing of value once in office.

Her last non-campaign 'win' was probably, as Wally and Cedric pointed out, when she bested Barbara Bush in the cookie bake off.

So when it's time to spin success for Hillary, what do you do?

Go to America's biggest liar of all, the woman who lied on not one, not two, not three but four public affairs programs all on the same Sunday.

Yes, Susan I Love The Iraq War Rice.

Dirty Rice talked 'accomplishments' to Bloomberg's Mark Halperin:

MARK HALPERIN: What would you say are the three biggest accomplishments of Secretary Hillary Clinton when she was at State?

SUSAN RICE: Well, first of all, I think you would have to put them in context of the administration's accomplishments.

HALPERIN: Anything that she participated in a meaningful way.

RICE: She participated in everything that we did in the first term in a meaningful way.

First of all, in the first term, we were able to bring to conclusion two long and costly wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. And she was very much involved in supporting those transitions. In the presidents first term also we initiated and now have sustained what we call, the re-balance to Asia, the Asia-Pacific.

There were at least 35 violent deaths in Iraq yesterday, according to Margaret Griffis (

Barack is raising the number of US 'trainers' in Iraq to 3,500.

And Lie Face Susan Rice gives a televised interview where she claims as an accomplishment the Iraq War ended.

Only supreme liar Susan Rice could deliver that one with a straight face.

The Iraq War ended?

Who forgot to tell Iraq?

The US government involvement in the Iraq War ended?

Tell it to the State Dept, the Defense Dept, the White House, the US Embassy in Baghdad . . .

Susan Rice, she may go down as the biggest liar in the 21st century.

There's also the refugee crisis which effects Iraq two ways.

First up, there's the influx of refugees from Syria (both Syrians and returning Iraqis who earlier sought asylum in Iraq).

  1. There are almost 60 million refugees in the world, like the Syrians I met in Iraq with                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    

Near the end of last year, Refugees International noted:

As Syria’s civil war has dragged on, the direction of forced migration for many Iraqi refugees has reversed. Tens of thousands of Iraqis who sought refuge in Syria between 2003 and 2011 have returned home, joining about a million Iraqis who were already internally displaced. This year, the advance of the Islamic State group in central Iraq forced more than three-quarters of a million people from their homes, bringing the total number of Iraqi IDPs to roughly two million. 

And at the end of last month, the United Nations Refugee Agency Tweeted:

Iraq: We are deeply concerned about obstacles facing desperate people fleeing

But none of that exists in the world that Susan Rice lives.

In that world of lies, the Iraq War ended.

And it was an accomplishment, no less, according to Susan Rice.

The refugees haven't seen any accomplishment.

Reuters notes that "US and caolition forces targeted the Islamic State on Friday with 16 air strikes in Iraq."

Yet Susan Rice claims that the Iraq War is over and that this is an accomplishment that Barack and Hillary can share.

Lastly, David Bacon's latest book is The Right to Stay Home: How US Policy Drives Mexican Migration.  This is from "PICKING PEAS SHOULD BRING A BETTER LIFE," Rosalia Martinez, as told to David Bacon:

I'm Triqui, from Rio Venado in Oaxaca.  I've been here 7 years, working in the fields all the time.  Right now I'm picking peas.  Other times in the year I work in the broccoli.

The worst part about working in the peas is that you have to work on your knees. After a day on your knees they hurt a lot, and when you stop it's hard to extend your leg.  It hurts, even when they give you a break for 15 minutes every two hours.  I don't take pills for the pain, but I know many people who do.

Sometimes your knees break down.  That's happened to a lot of people.  Their knees go out permanently and they can't work anymore.

Another problem is the dust, which has chemicals in it.  Until two years ago they didn't give you glasses to keep the dust out.  Now they do, but by now most people who work in the peas have problems with their eyes.

What they pay us is not fair.  They want you to pick 130 pounds in ten hours, and the piece rate is 45¢, so we make very little.  The hourly wage is supposed to be $9.50 per hour, but when you're working on the piece rate it's less.  You can make $100 in a day sometimes, but other times it's $80 or $70.  It depends on how much you can pick.